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7 Days Rongai Route

Route Overview

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, Embark on a unique and remote trekking experience on Mount Kilimanjaro’s Rongai Route. The Rongai Route offers a sense of unspoiled wilderness and solitude. With its slow and steady climb, this route allows for better acclimatization and increases the chances of a successful summit.
The Rongai Route is known for its dry conditions, making it a great choice for year-round trekking, including during the rainy season. Spot wildlife like Colobus Monkeys along the way and enjoy the well-spaced campsites that provide a balanced daily trekking experience.

Ascending from the north and descending from the south, trekkers on the Rongai Route get to experience different perspectives of Mount Kilimanjaro’s majestic beauty. With its advantages of solitude, excellent acclimatization, and unique wilderness setting, the Rongai Route is a fantastic choice for those seeking an unforgettable adventure on Africa’s tallest peak.

While it is true that the Rongai Route may not offer as varied and dramatic scenery as some other routes up Mount Kilimanjaro, there is still plenty to see and enjoy along this path. The advantage of encountering fewer people allows for a more immersive experience, where you can fully appreciate the surroundings.

Climbing Kilimanjaro offers the Rongai Route as a 7-day climb or a 6 or 7-day private climb. The six-day variation does not include an acclimatization day on day four at Mawenzi Tarn. This option is suitable for those who are confident in their ability to acclimatize and prefer a slightly shorter itinerary.

Regardless of the route chosen, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a remarkable adventure that offers breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment

How hard is the Rongai route?

The Rongai route is considered a moderate route in terms of difficulty. The elevation gain is gradual and not strenuous, making it suitable for climbers of various fitness levels. However, it is important to note that because the Rongai route is one of the shorter routes on Kilimanjaro, climbers may be more susceptible to altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness can occur when ascending too quickly without proper acclimatization. It is essential to listen to your body, follow the guidance of your experienced guides, and take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Adequate hydration, a slow and steady pace, and allowing time for acclimatization at designated campsites are crucial for a safe and successful climb.

While the Rongai route may present some challenges in terms of altitude sickness, with proper preparation, acclimatization, and guidance from experienced guides, climbers can still have a rewarding and successful trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rongai Route statistics:


4-6 days ascent only; total including descent: 5-7 days;


37.65km/23.5 miles ascent on regular route; 36.75km/22.75 miles descent; total walking 74.4km/46.25 miles)

Route Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly JAMBO MAASAI TOURS team who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1: Rongai Gate to The First Cave

Drive from Arusha to Marangu Gate for the necessary registration formalities and then             transferred by to Rongai, which should take about 1.5 hours. The climb starts at the village of  Nale Moru (1,950 m.) through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the pine forest. The  climb is consistently and gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife.   Reaching first Campsite, at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.), giving you extensive views over the Kenyan plains. (7km, 3 – 4 hrs Trekking).

Day 2: First Cave to The Kikeletwa Caves

After breakfast start with steady walk ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.). Start seeing Kibo Peak and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. Leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The campsite is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.) (15km, 5 – 7 hrs of trekking).

Day 3: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Trailing start with short but steep climb up grassy slopes, which are rewarded with superb circular views and a tangible sense of wilderness, before reaching Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), for camping (10km, 5 – 7 hrs. of trekking).

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Spend the rest of the day resting or exploring the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

Day 5: Kibo Campsite / School Campsite

Early morning proceeds with trekking crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School Campsite at the foot of the Kibo crater wall (8km, 6 – 7 hrs of trekking). Spend remainder of the day resting and preparation for the final ascent.

Day 6: Trek to Uhuru Peak 5895m To Horombo

The last day will be a really early beginning for the summit, normally 01:00 am, trailing through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point, take a rest for short while before continuing to the Uhuru Peak (which might take 3 hours) After relaxing, watching the sun rise and taking memorable pictures, start descending to the Horombo Hut and spend overnight there.

Day 7: Horombo to The Moshi

After breakfast descend to Marangu Gate, meet the driver and return to the Hotel for lunch and a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport

OR Overnight and Extension for Wildlife Tours and Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holidays.